Food Texture Analyser Model TMS-Pilot

Designed exclusively for customers who desire an easy-to-operate, portable texture analyser, Food Technology Corporation’s TMS-Pilot is an affordable alternative for determining a variety of food texture characteristics. FTC has proven to have the most dependable, accurate and trouble-free systems for measuring texture within the food industry for over 50 years.



Easy to use 

Operated via an intuitive touch screen interface, the TMS-Pilot requires minimal operator training. Tests are performed at the touch of an icon and programs can be saved as “favorites” on the main screen for instant accessibility.  With a plug and play design, the TMS-Pilot has a simple set up, allows loadcells to be interchanged in seconds and accepts the majority of FTC’s probes and fixtures.

Versatile and affordable

Designed with the budget-conscious in mind, the TMS-Pilot has the capabilities needed to perform basic texture testing of most food products, including: bakery, cereals, confections, snacks, dairy, fruits and vegetables, meats, gels and more.


The University of Arizona’s Nutritional Sciences Food Lab acquired a Texture Analyser about 5 years ago. The company has a great product, which is tailored to food needs.  We have used the Texture Analyser for both research projects and as a tool to demonstrate to students how food manufacturers can employ objective testing in product evaluation to show how differing ingredients in the same product can affect quality attributes. Its use adds another dimension to the foods labs.  Thanks for a great product and great service.

Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice


  • LCD touch screen interface
  • Plug & Play design
  • Password protected log-in
  • Customization of reports
  • Unlimited storage of test methods
  • Flexible use of probes, fixtures and loadcells


  • Load Range
    ±500 N (110 lbf / 50 kgf)
  • Load Accuracy
    0.1% of full scale for load cells from 2 - 500 N
  • Intelligent Digital Loadcells
    2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 N (0.45 – 110 lbf)
  • Speed Range
    1 - 500 mm/min (0.04-19.5"/min)
  • Speed Accuracy
    ±0.1% of set speed
  • Speed Resolution
    1 mm/min (0.04 in/min)
  • Displacement Accuracy
    ±0.13 mm (0.0005") over full travel
  • Displacement Resolution
    0.01 mm (0.0004")
  • Crosshead Travel
    300 mm (11.8"), without fixtures
  • Data Acquisition Rate
    Selectable (1000, 500, 100, 50, 10 Hz)
  • Data Sampling Rate
    16 kHz
  • Power Supply
    110/230 V AC, 60/50 Hz
  • Weight
    19.2 kg (42.3 lbs)

Standard Equipment

  • Fixture table (432-043)
  • T-slot mounting base
  • TL-Touch software
  • Cables
  • Manuals



When used with the TMS-Touch or TMS-Pilot texture analysers, the quality control or production area can now perform analysis at point-of-production with precision, repeatability and ease.

This software allows pre-programmed tests to be run at the touch of a button via an LCD screen, with minimal operator training.  The TL-Touch software offers real-time graphic display so one can “see the test” as it is being run.



A powerful instruction set support almost any test methodology to be programmed*, which are all easily set up and assigned to clear favorite icons. Test configurations are saved in a library for assignment to the main screen as requirements change. With an unmatched loadcell data acquisition rate of 16000 samples per second, high frequency data capture is no problem.

*The Advanced Program Builder (APB) option is required for some procedures, such as Texture Profile Analysis (TPA).


  • FREE Upgrades for Life
  • Automatic Statistical Calculations
  • Window XP, 7, 8 compatible
  • Fast USB or Serial Interface
  • Easy Data Export to Other Programs
  • Data Display in Metric or Imperial Units
  • Graphic Overlays of up to 8 tests

Get In Touch

If you have any enquiries or require more information, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team.  We are always happy to offer a helping hand.

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